Savannah: The River and The Way Ahead
The film Savannah released in 2013 was an inspirational story based on the book Ward Allen: Savannah River Market Hunter by John Eugene Cay Jr. Main characters Ward Allen and a former black slave Christmas were the best duck hunters in town. Ward was the sole inheritor of the Allen plantation who chose to supply the market with fresh fowl as a form of livelihood.
Many may not understand his way of thinking but for him, he considered Savannah River as a serene, predictable place where he and his sidekick can shoot ducks. These scenes tell us how different fulfillment means for a man. Ward was educated but instead of becoming a professional gentleman, he chose to violate local laws in gaming where he defends himself philosophically in the courtroom much to the bemusement of the judge and its audience.
The turning point in the story was when Ward met Lucy. She speaks her mind regardless of its boldness. One notable scene was when her father told her to prefer another man. In her defiance, she told her parents that she is not theirs to dispense or to withhold. She showed a strong attraction to Ward. And shows her parents she can defy them. Became a factor that led to her disappointment. Ward didn’t turn out as a devoted husband. They fight over his hard-drinking ways. Later on in the film, we see a failed marriage that led to being in a depressed state at an institution. Lessons derived from Lucy’s disobedience include weighing practical reasoning over emotions.
The important thing in man is its meaning.
Towards the end, Ward sells off his house to give a comfortable life for the wife he neglected. Though his cause of death was not made clear in the film. There’s a scene where he stood in his boat while he basked the ambiance in the center of Savannah River. He mentioned about having practical experience has no value to the world. He believes that it is an important thing in a man’s death is its meaning. Since he once told Christmas that the closest place in nature where a sinner like him can ever come to face God is in that river then that leaves to us to think he may have ended his life there.
Ward left his written articles and the pen gifted by Lucy in a small shack near the river. Christmas grew old telling stories of him to Jack who couldn’t bear to send him to a nursing home. Although they were not related, Jack chose to care for him until he died in his rocking chair at the age of 95. And Jack continued to tell the story of Ward and Christmas to his son. As a sum, the film inspires us to value God’s creation, a friendship that goes beyond a master and slave relationship, and valuing a life’s course regardless of its impact or inspiration to future inhabitants of Savannah.
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